London Paddington (PAD)

London Paddington is one of the iconic "Big 4" London terminuses and was the headquarters of the Great Western Railway. The GWR first built a station at Paddington in 1838 but this was a temporary site pending the building of the current station. This opened in 1854 with an impressive three span arched roof designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Type: National Rail
(Great Western Main Line &
Thames Valley Lines)
Station code: PAD
Opened: 1838
Platforms: 14
The station was enlarged with a fourth roof span in the early 1900s. In front of the station is the Great Western Hotel, built in the 1850s to form the main facade of the station, though this is now a Hilton. Currently London Paddington has fourteen platforms (not all are full length) with another six platforms in the adjacent London Underground stations.

It is the terminus of the Great Western Main Line, Thames Valley commuter services and Heathrow Express/Connect/TfL Rail services to Heathrow airport. Most services to the station are by Great Western Railway and Heathrow Express/Connect (which has being taken over by GWR), TfL Rail (to become the Elizabeth Line when the Crossrail station is completed). There are also a few Chiltern Railway services too.

As might be expected Paddington is a busy station with over thirty five million passengers passing through every year. A Crossrail Paddington station has been built and will open at the end of 2019.
The iconic HST at London Paddington

HEX and GWR services at Paddington

GWR 43 162, 43 032 and HEX 332 006

GWR Paddington signage still visible

GWR 165 104

HEX 332 006